Downtown Scottsdale Wineries Launch Scottsdale Wine Trail
October 22 Harvest Festival Marks Official Debut
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sep. 2, 2016)—Five downtown Scottsdale wine tasting rooms have joined forces to launch the first ever “Scottsdale Wine Trail.” This cooperative of wineries united efforts will continue to advance education and exposure for Arizona produced wines and wineries.
The Scottsdale Wine Trail is comprised of: LDV Winery , Carlson Creek , Aridus Wine Company, Su Vino Winery and Salvatore Vineyards. All of the wineries have tasting rooms/retail shops that are within walking distance. The Scottsdale Wine Trail features an official SWT Passport to oenophiles or just everyday wine lovers offering SWT swag, and special discounts for completing the Wine Trail tasting program. Details and signup for the SWT Passport are online at www.scottsdalewinetrail.com.
On December 15, the SWT will host a Santa Clause themed “wine-around” and details are forthcoming. In addition, the SWT will host monthly “Wine Around Wednesdays,” every first Wednesday of the month beginning in January of 2017.
“It was time to join forces and encourage residents and visitors alike to embrace our thriving Scottsdale wine scene. With five local tasting rooms, Scottsdale has become a wine tasting destination and the Scottsdale Wine Trail will be another way to enjoy locally produced wines and experience part of our culture,” said LDV Wine Gallery Co-Owner, Peggy Fiandaca.
More details about each winery and wine tasting room including locations and hours are below:
LDV Winery’s Wine Gallery brings a piece of the vineyard to Scottsdale. The charming redeveloped bungalow has an art gallery and two shaded patios where guests enjoy wine flights (4-5 wine tastes), glasses of wine, or a bottle while sharing a cheese/charcuterie platter. The Wine Gallery is the perfect place to meet friends for happy hour, attend a wine workshop, or have the winery host your special event. It gives you a Napa Valley wine country feel in Scottsdale.
In 2008, a wine collecting passion for LDV Winery owners Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham became much more when they purchased 40 acres and planted their first grapes in southeastern Arizona. The LDV Winery today produces 100% estate award-winning Rhone-varietal wines that reflect the unique high-altitude environment of the Chiricahua Mountain Foothills. “We are passionate about managing the vineyard and showcasing each vintage as the once in a lifetime event that it is by creating rich, flavorful wines that pair well with food,” said Curt, winemaker.
LDV Wine Gallery, 6951 E. 1st Street, Scottsdale (west of Goldwater & south of Indian School)
Hours: Wednesday, 12-7 PM; Thursday – Saturday, 12-8 PM; Sunday 1-5 PM
480-664-4822; info@LDVWinery.com; www.LDVWinery.com
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Carlson Creek Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery headquartered in Willcox, Arizona (SE Arizona). Their recently opened tasting room in Downtown Scottsdale represents a major expansion for the brand. The Scottsdale tasting room in the arts and entertainment district in Old Town provides an opportunity for visitors to sample the award-winning wines, meet the winemakers, and purchase wines or other brand apparel. A second tasting room is closer to the vineyard in Historic Willcox.
The 160-acre vineyard is located at 4200 feet above sea level, allowing for the perfect balance of warm Arizona sun combined with crisp, cool evenings. The result is a wine portfolio that is smooth and understated, yet approachable. Varietals include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Rose, and Mourvedre, with Chenin Blanc and Merlot varietals being locally sourced.
Aridus Wine Company
Since 2012, Aridus Wine Company is the largest custom crush facility in Arizona. Located in Willcox, Arizona, the family-owned wine company produces their own label and offers a place for local growers to make their wine where the grapes are grown. From grow to glass, their dedication to perfection is present every step of the way. The Aridus Wine Company strives to make exceptional wines focused on the sustainable effects of the winemaking process.
Today, Aridus sits on 17 acres and has grown into a 32,000-square foot state-of-the-art winery, three tasting rooms, and its own 40-acre vineyard located in Turkey Creek, just 30 miles outside of Willcox. Experience Aridus award-winning wines at the downtown Scottsdale Tasting Room opened April 2015 located in the heart of the arts district.
Su Vino Winery
Su Vino Winery, Scottsdale is the second installment of the award winning winery founded in Texas. Su Vino means “Your Wine” in Italian and Spanish and we use an open hand as our logo. The hand represents the skill and dedication of the craftsman, the uniqueness of the individual, and the friendliness of an open palm. As a custom winery, not only do we make our own wines for sale by the bottle where we specialize in unique and interesting varietals and blends, but we can customize a wine to your palate. In addition, you get to participate in the winemaking process by bottling and corking your wine and placing your own personalized label on the wine which then makes the perfect holiday gifts, business promotional items, wedding favors, or just to have in your own cellar.
Su Vino Winery is located in the Arts District of Downtown Scottsdale where it hosts events, wine tasting, and wine making. They strive to make wine more fun and friendly by breaking down the barriers of wine speak and wine snobbery. The winery holds educational sessions to help people get more comfortable with wine and they are all about trying new wines in new ways.
Su Vino Winery
7035 E. Main Street; Scottsdale
Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Noon – 8 PM; Thursday - Saturday, Noon - 10 PM; Sunday, 1 - 5 PM
480-994-VINO (8466); email@example.com; www.SuVinoWineryAZ.com
Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room
“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” – Buddha. Wine is their passion! The owners fell in love with the culture of wine during extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona they were surprised by the thriving wine industry. Motivated by the love of wine and excited to be a part of it, the family purchased land on the Willcox Bench with the dream of having their own vineyard.
The family-owned business seeks to pursue their love of wines and share it with you. The Downtown Scottsdale Tasting Room is the third for Passion Cellars/Salvatore Vineyards. The Scottsdale location showcases its Salvatore wine brand. Additional tasting rooms are located in Willcox and Jerome.
Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room, 7064 E. 5th Avenue; Scottsdale
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, Noon–8 PM; Friday - Saturday, Noon – 9 PM; Sunday, Noon – 5 PM